— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 13, 2018
As first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Jackson will be joining the Cincinnati Bengals as a part of Marvin Lewis’ coaching staff. Jackson joined the Browns in 2016 from Cincinnati where he served as a wide receivers, running backs, special teams coach in addition to offensive coordinator under Lewis. Cleveland.com is also reporting the news.
It should come as no surprise that Jackson’s next job in the NFL would be back with the Bengals. There has been speculation for years that Jackson would be the heir apparent to Lewis in Cincinnati.
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Lewis said Monday he would take on a similar role as Gregg Williams has in Cleveland. So he’ll act as both head coach and defensive coordinator. During a Monday media session Lewis was asked about adding Jackson to his staff.
Marvin Lewis asked how he'll do both jobs: "I have a plan. Watch and see."
Marvin Lewis then asked if Hue Jackson will be brought in to help: "(Smiles) Watch and see." #Bengals
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) November 12, 2018
Monday’s news makes the November 25 and December 23 games for both teams very interesting to watch. The Ohio and AFC North rivals have yet to meet each other in 2018.
The first meeting in the ‘Battle of Ohio’ takes place at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on November 25. Jackson makes his return to FirstEnergy Stadium on December 23. Merry Christmas early Browns fans. Perhaps Baker Mayfield will wake up both of those days feeling dangerous and ready to face his former coach.
Jackson went 3-36-1 in two and a half seasons as head coach of the Browns. He’s also the second coach in NFL history to go 0-16 in a season.